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Szczecin_Amar_Lunch_Plate_LargeVegan food is becoming more and more popular as people get more health conscious. Although Szczecin’s culinary scene is growing all the time, the fact is that Polish people are predominantly meat eaters. Therefore there are very few options for people who don’t eat meat and even fewer options for full-blown vegans.

Enter Vege Club Amar. The name is apt because Amar is not restaurant, perse. They have fresh food everyday including soup, main courses and all kinds of baked goods including savory rolls and desserts. And everything is Vegan!!! 🙂

I have to describe the food so that you won’t be surprised. The soups and mains are always gluten free (YAY!!!) They use whatever is in season and fresh at any given time. The only thing is that if you eat there every day it will start to seem a bit repetitive. (See photos). That being said, I have NEVER been disappointed or left feeling hungry and I’ve eaten there MANY times! The main course usually consists of a carb like rice or kasha, with some kind of sauce with vegetables, salad and a side like lumpias or veggie patties. Everything a hungry vegan needs!
The desserts are great too!
If you are vegan and you are visiting Szczecin you should definitely stop by Amar Vege Club!

They post what they will be serving on their FACEBOOK everyday.

Oh! And did I mention that it’s not expensive?!
For a small soup and main you will pay 14PLN and for a large (HUGE!) it’s only 23!

ADDRESS:  Monte Cassino 36a (plac Odrodzenia)
HOURS:       Mon-Fri 1pm – 6pm

 

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Amar Vege Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Stara Komenda Brewery is a restaurant located in an old police station. The menus look like old case files and feature food focused on meat and potatoes. This place is also a brewery with good seasonal beer.
Overall, I wouldn’t call Stara Komenda’s food the best in Szczecin. The atmosphere is good, though, the servers speak English, and as long as there aren’t any vegetarians in your group, I think you won’t be disappointed.

My dining companion was Flemming. He works at a newspaper in Bergen Norway and is passionate about whiskey tasting. There is a direct flight from Bergen to Szczecin so Flemming decided to visit Szczecin out of curiosity.

Flemming ordered the pork dish and mentioned that the meat was very tender. He also said that the beer was good. I think between his experienced opinion and the groups of people drinking copious amounts of the stuff, we can recommend Stara Komenda for the beer alone.

I ordered the chicken and I would say it was “ok.” I have eaten here a few times and am yet to be blown away by the food. That being said, I would recommend coming here for lunch. They have a 15PLN lunch special everyday between 1 and 4pm. It includes a small bowl of soup and a main meal.

Flemming said he enjoyed his stay in Szczecin. He thought the castle was beautiful. He enjoyed the food at Bombay and beer at Wyszak Brewery. Here’s a link to Flemming’s BLOG!

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Address:   Plac Batorego 3
Hours:      Mon/ Sun 1- 10pm, Tu – Thu 1- 12am, Fri/ Sat 1 – 1am

 

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There are few restaurants in Szczecin that take your tastebuds on a journey. Bohema is definitely one of them. Described in the 2016 Gault & Millau food guide as International cuisine, I think that’s an understatement. The chef, Luciano Chero, was born in Peru but you can taste a variety of influences in his food, especially Italian and Spanish.

Szczecin_Bohema_SoupEach week they offer a new seasonal menu that highlights the fresh produce on offer at that time of year. I took advantage of that in the summer by ordering an absolutely delicious salmon soup with a touch of orange and fennel. The flavors were perfectly balanced and made my taste buds dance! Next I ordered another dish with ingredients that I wouldn’t normally think would work together, a steak with fresh cherries and chocolate. After the amazing soup I put my trust in the chef and he didn’t disappoint me! The steak was cooked perfectly, the cherries and chocolate didn’t overpower the dish and the plate looked like a work of art! WOW! Super!!! I was full!!! But I couldn’t resist trying a bite of dessert and a coffee, which were delicious.

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The service is very professional and kind. The interior decorations match the name of the restaurant with lots of antiques and knick knacks, like old photos, on the walls to look at. In the warm months you can eat in the garden outside. It’s a very pleasant green area with a place for children to play.

BOTTOM LINE: This is one of the BEST restaurants in Szczecin!
I highly recommend eating here!

ADDRESS:  al. Wojska Polskiego 67
HOURS:       Mon – Thurs 12 – 11pm, Fri 12 – 12am, Sat 2pm – 12am, Sun 2pm – 8pm

One complaint. When I walked down into the restaurant (there are some stairs) the first thing that hit my nostrils was the smell of cigarette smoke. I also noticed it the last time I was there, for Restaurant Week. It has to do with where the employees stand when they smoke. My nose soon adjusted and didn’t smell it anymore. However, when you enter such a nice restaurant you expect to smell some delicious food cooking, not cigarette smoke.

Bohema Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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I have been a fan of Waldemar Marciniak for a long time. I remember seeing his ceramic creations in various art galleries around Szczecin when I used to visit the city many years ago.

After moving back to Szczecin I began seeing Mr Marciniak nearly every time there was a festival around town. His ceramic pieces are quite recognizable. He creates figures including people and animals that are characteristically endearing with a touch of humor. Mr Marciniak is quite prolific and depending on what inspires him at any given moment, you can find whole families of fish, birds cats and other animals as well as dishes and cups decorated with flowers and tons of other creative objects that Mr Marciniak dreams up on a regular basis.

The last time I saw Mr Marciniak I asked where I could see some of his larger pieces. I was surprised when he gave me a business card to a flower shop. It turns out that his wife is a well-known artist in Szczecin as well! Monika Dłużyk-Marciniak is a very successful florist who is often commissioned by the city and many local businesses to make floral arrangements for various occasions.

When you walk into the family shop called “Under the Yellow Rose,” you can’t help but smile because the ceramic pieces and the flowers live together in a very beautiful composition as the artistic family seems to as well. Mr and Mrs Marciniak’s children also work in the shop and add a warm and pleasant atmosphere.

If you are looking for a unique present while you are in Szczecin, I would recommend you visit this lovely place where I’m sure you will find something special for a very reasonable price.
A note of advice: Take a taxi because this place might be a little difficult to find. Enjoy!

Address: ul Cyryla i Metodego 9b
Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 3pm
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Mr. Marciniak’s work outside the Stara Rzeznia Building on  the Lasztownia shore.

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Szczecin_Kuluary_OutsideSzczecin_Kuluary_RisottoThis little place nearby to the Szczecin City Hall and Jasne Blonia serves really good Italian food. From the pizzas to the pastas and soups everything is made to order and is presented in a very appetizing way.
The menu is not too big and not too small. I think there is something for everyone to choose from. The ingredients are high quality so although the prices aren’t terribly expensive, they aren’t cheap either. At Kuluary you get what you pay for and I doubt you will be disappointed.
There is a very nice outdoor area that’s a perfect place to relax and have a beer or coffee after a stroll through the park.
The service is very polite. Swapping items is not a problem.
I highly recommend this place for a nice lunch or dinner.

HOURS: Mon-Fri 11am – 10pm, Sat-Sun 12-10pm
ADDRESS: ul. Św. Jacka Odrowąża 2
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Szczecin’s restaurant scene is blooming with new places to eat opening all the time! The new trend that I see popping up is the Lunch Special. YAY! Here are my top 5 places to eat lunch!
Hopefully this will be updated with more places soon! If you would like to recommend a place that offers a great lunch please email me at gostettin@gmail.com or send me a message on FaceBook.

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1. Spiżarnia Szczecinska 12 – 4pm
Spiżarnia is an excellent Polish restaurant that offers a different lunch everyday. They cook with local and seasonal ingredients and the portions are generous.
15 PLN gets you a soup of the day plus a main. You can check their FACEBOOK PAGE for their daily offer.

Szczecin_Spizarnia_Lunch_M2. Chief  (Fish)  11am – 4pm (Delivery Available!)
Chief is one of the most well-known restaurants in Szczecin. In my opinion the regular menu is over-priced and overrated but their LUNCH MENU is one of Szczecin’s best kept secrets!
I recommend the fish dishes but there are also plenty of meat dishes and soups on offer and most items are under 20 PLN!

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3. 5 Smaków (Vegetarian) Mon-Fri 12 – 7pm, Sat-Sun 12 – 6pm (Delivery Available!)
5 Smaków is a great vegetarian restaurant that tries hard to offer something different everyday.
You can check their FACEBOOK PAGE for their daily offer which includes a big bowl of soup, main and a side of salads for 20 PLN.

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4. Stolnica i Walek 12 – 6pm
This place has a cozy atmosphere that makes you  feel right at home. I come here a couple of times a week and have never been disappointed. 12PLN gets you the “Lunch of the day” which includes soup, meat and potatoes and a side of veggies. This place serves classic Polish food and its always fresh and good! Check their FACEBOOK PAGE for their daily offer.

Szczecin_Stolnica_Walek_Lunch5. Amar Vege Club (VEGAN!) Mon-Fri 1 – 6pm (Delivery Available!)
Vegan food is not for everyone but this place is always full of people so don’t knock it till you try it! This place is aptly called a club because you can’t really choose what your’e going to eat. Everyday they prepare a different gluten-free soup and main dish and there are a lot of baked goods and desserts to choose from. You can get a small soup and main for 14 PLN or the large (HUGE!) for 23 PLN.
Check their FACEBOOK PAGE for their daily offer!

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6. Stara Komenda 1 – 4pm
I haven’t tried the lunch at Stara Komenda yet because I don’t go to that area very often. I have eaten dinner there before, though, and enjoyed the food. I’ve heard the lunch is great! I will go there soon and report back, but you can check their FACEBOOK PAGE for their daily special which includes a soup of the day and a choice of two mains for 15 PLN!

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7.  Kathmandu (Indian Food) Mon – Fri 1 – 4pm
I almost forgot about Kathmandu! Everyday they have a meat special for 25 PLN and a vegetarian dish for 19 PLN each includes a bowl of soup and a main with a choice of rice or naan. MORE INFO HERE

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UPDATE!!!!  Unfortunately this shop has been CLOSED.  🙁   I  hope there might be another one like it in Szczecin in the future.

 

Być Kobietą (To Be a Woman) is a one of my favorite shops in Szczecin. There is always something new to choose from and in between the new trendy stuff there are good quality (and cheap!) second hand items mixed in. Everything has a hand picked feeling and the owner has a great eye for trendy clothes that will look good for more than just one season.
I’m not sure where she gets the new stuff, perhaps at some kind of overstock place, because most of the new clothes are really inexpensive. Here and there are some more expensive items but even those are worth it! This shop has stuff that you won’t see anywhere else!
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Upstairs there is a vintage area with hand picked clothes in all styles and sizes. You can find something from the 50s through the 80s and everything in between. There is also a discount area upstairs where you can find items for pennies!
The service is very nice. One of the girls dresses up like a Betty Page pin up and the others are hipster types and they speak English!
If you are like me and you like second hand clothes, this shop gives you the feeling of discovering something great without wasting too much time digging through endless racks of clothes! Enjoy!

 

HOURS: 10am – 6pm
ADDRESS: Corner of Krzywoustego and Królowej Jadwigi Streets
(Across from Green Way and Columbus Coffee, near to Helios Cinema)
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Oberża Chłopska (peasant’s tavern) is a lovely Polish restaurant that you will definitely want to return to. There is a beautiful terrace that is perfect to sit, eat and drink at on a warm evening.

I’m not the biggest fan of gimmicks in decor. I believe that when you go to a restaurant, the food should speak for itself. I have been avoiding this place for quite a while for that reason. From the outside the place looks like something from the Lord of the Rings or the Princess Bride. And inside it’s like a ski chalet in the mountains of Poland.

Szczecin_Oberza_Chlopska_Goat_CroppedThe other day, however, I was coming back from a very long walk in the Arkonski Forest and I decided to stop in and have a drink and a snack. The first thing that won me over was the warm welcome and very pleasant service. The next thing that got me was the goat. 🙂 I love goats! There are two of them living in a little house in the front of the restaurant.

Service: What can I say. I can’t wait to go there again! The people make you feel like you are very important. I heard a man behind me ask for cucumber salad, which was not on the menu.
“No problem sir! The kitchen will be happy to prepare cucumber salad for you”!
Wow! Service like that is really hard to find in Poland!

Food: This place is for meat eaters! Vegetarians will have very limited options here. But hey! It’s a Polish restaurant! As far as presentation goes, the kitchen does garnish the food but as you can see from the photos, the food is much better in your mouth than in a camera lens. DON’T be discouraged by the photos! The food tastes absolutely delicious and is cooked to perfection!

Location: This place is a bit out of the way and yet it is very accessible. I think the location of this place could be great if you are looking for a private place. It gets crowded on the weekends but during the week and on winter evenings I think this place could be a very romantic place to take your date. There is a tram stop (3 and 10) five minutes walking from here. The Arkonka swimming park is five minutes in the other direction. Lake Głębokie is not far and the ruins of Quistorp Tower are a short hike up one of the many trails in the area.

Check the menu (in English) on the WEBSITE
Address: Arkońska 28
Hours: Sun – Thurs 10am – 11pm, Fri – Sat 10am – 1am

Oberża Chłopska Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Chicken Liver with Apples and Onions. Delicious!

 

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Warm weather is here and if you want to know where to buy the best local fruit and vegetables it’s at Manhattan Market!
This market is open year round and offers everything you may (or may not) need at great prices!
Manhattan really comes to life during the warm months, though, because people come to buy local produce as well as fresh flowers and other seasonal items.
There are stalls set up in the back of the market where a “wild” flea market can often be found and all around the area people set out their stuff for you to look at and offer a price!
If you like to bargain and negotiate this place is for you!

ADDRESS: ul. Ks. Staszica 1
HOURS: Mon-Fri 7am – 6pm Sat 7am – 4pm

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Colorado Steakhouse offers a great steak. That’s for sure. If you’re in the mood for a nice piece of beef, Colorado would be an excellent place to go.

I was there on a weekday afternoon and the restaurant was quite busy for Szczecin standards. Good sign. The thing that stood out for me during my visit was the great service I received. My server was able to give me very good recommendations based on what I asked for.

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The next great thing was the terrasse. Colorado is situated on the left edge of the Wały Chrobrego Embankment and provides a nice and relaxing view of the riverside with boats occasionally floating by and cranes (my favorite!) hard at work. This is a GREAT place to sit on a warm day, have some drinks and enjoy time with friends!

Finally the food came. Of course I had to order the Texas Steak and I didn’t regret it! It smelled so good! It was cooked to perfection, very soft and delicious. I don’t eat meat very often, so when I do I make sure it’s good quality. I would say that, true to its reputation, this is one of the best steaks I have ever had in Szczecin.**
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To be fair, I suppose I would have to come back a few more times and order a couple of different dishes. I gave the food an 85, which is quite low for me. ( I only write reviews for the restaurants that I highly enjoy). The reason for the low rating was that the sides seemed to be a mere afterthought and next to the beautiful steak, they were quite a disappointment. It seems to me that if Colorado wants to be considered a great restaurant it should put some more effort into the sides and presentation.

As far as the rest of the menu, it seems that some of the items are grossly overpriced, especially the burgers that range in price from 27 to 49PLN!!! (WTF?!)

ADDRESS: Wały Chrobrego 1A
HOURS: M-Th 9am-12am, Fri 9am-1am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-12am

Steakhouse Colorado Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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** The best steak I have ever had, to my recollection, in Szczecin was at Trattoria Toscana. That restaurant has the same owner as Colorado, so I assume the source of the meat was the same.
The second best steak I had in Szczecin was at Wyszak Family Brewery.

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When you see the ingredients list on the products from Manufaktoria you might do a double take because all you’ll see is meat and spices. This is the only place I buy deli meat in Szczecin because I know it will always be delicious and free of fillers, MSG and who-knows-what else they put in meat products these days.

The yummy products at Manufaktoria include all kinds of sausage, ham, roast beef, pork chops, bacon and much more. I recommend everything. These people really know what they are doing.
The price might be a bit higher than at the supermarket but to me it’s the same because I’m not paying for fillers like soy and other mystery ingredients that are identified only by letters and numbers.

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One very unique way of shopping in Szczecin is to go to a thrift store (second hand) where you pay for the clothes by weight!

That’s right! Usually these shops have a delivery once a week and on the first day the clothes are the most expensive. The price goes down every day until the next delivery day, and so on.

Bargain hunters in Szczecin have different strategies. At certain shops the ladies are crowded outside before the store opens on “the first day”. Sometimes they find designer clothes for a fraction of their value! Other ladies wait till the cheapest day when they sift through what’s left and buy tons of clothes for pennies. Either way, if you like second hand clothes, you can’t lose.

I have found some real gems this way. If you’re into the flea market, vintage, second hand vibe then this way of shopping will blow your mind!

Address: EVERYWHERE! Look for “Na Wagę”

HOW IT WORKS: (see photo below)
For each day of the week, there is a different price per kilo. Usually Wednesday (sroda) is the most expensive and gets cheaper and cheaper everyday as the people go through the clothes.

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This story is about a small town just outside Szczecin called Mścięcino. In the northern part of Mścięcino Forest Park there is a place with a brutal history that screams of disregard. Furthermore, the park itself may be the location of the forgotten mass graves of more than 9,000 mostly Polish prisoners of war.

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Hagerwelle Work Camp 1943

The Hagerwelle Nazi work camp was created in 1943 as a sub camp of the Stutthof concentration camp. It was the seventh work camp created to provide labor at the huge synthetic fuel plant in Police (Pölitz). It was the cruelest of all seven camps, responsible for the death of  9,000 out of a total of 13,000 POW deaths at all seven camps. 

In addition to prisoners directly transported from Stutthof, the camp also housed those being disciplined from the other work camps and hardened German and Polish criminals who were thrown in the mix. There were a total of thirty cement barracks near the forest, four of which housed women. They held around 2,500 men and 800 women.

Existence in Hagerwelle was a living hell. The people were beaten every morning before they marched kilometers through the town of Police to work. They often worked from dusk till dawn and were given the most grueling tasks such as unloading coal, cement and gravel, digging ditches, clearing forests, construction of factory equipment, and painting underground gasoline tanks. They did not have any protective clothing, work gloves, masks, or glasses. One of the worst jobs was handling products such as tar, glue and various chemicals. There were frequent fatal accidents, poisonings, burns, and mental disorders caused by brain damage.

After being marched back to the cement barracks the people were beaten again and often cheated out of their daily ration of a third loaf of bread and half a liter of soup-water. Once the lights went out their torture didn’t end. They were often further abused by barbaric Kapos such as Wacław Kozłowski, who was given the death sentence and executed on July 4, 1946 for war crimes.

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Waclaw Kozlowski (in the back) was hanged on July 4, 1946 for war crimes

Diseases were rampant in the camps. If someone was sick or too exhausted to work they were often executed on the spot. In these conditions people often lost all hope and threw themselves on the electric fence that surrounded them at all times.

Before Hagerwelle the Nazis would take the bodies of the dead to be cremated at the crematorium at the Central Cemetery in Szczecin. However, once the death of prisoners became more “frequent” this was no longer an adequate solution. Using history as an example, sources theorize that the victims tortured and worked to death were most likely buried in mass graves in nearby Mścięcino Forest Park. But no one has yet bothered to check.

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The forest in Mścięcino waits to tell its secrets

Which brings us to today. Places like this command the respect of the people who know what happened. The area where a crime against humanity has occurred should be handled with care and reverence. I am ashamed to report that after the war, the cement barracks were converted into pig barns for the PGR (State Agricultural Farm during PRL) and after that were sold off to private owners. Today there are a variety of businesses and even homes in the place where thousands of people were tortured to death.

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This Barrack may be renovated but its original purpose is crystal clear to those who know.

At the entrance of the street, called “Victims of Stutthof”, there are three memorial stones placed there by various private institutions wishing to bring attention to the site. But this is not enough. The converted, decorated barracks seem to cry out for dignity. The Nazi cement posts that imprisoned the mostly innocent people still stand like silent witnesses unable to tell their story. The forest waits patiently to unburden it’s deadly secrets.

Most of the people who died at the Hagerwelle work camp at Mścięcino were Polish citizens who were members of the Warsaw Uprising, respected doctors, lawyers and teachers of the Polish Intelligentsia, and Polish patriots of all kinds kidnapped off the street for being Polish.

The most common excuse coming from politicians, and private citizens, is that there is a lack of funds for such projects. New institutions are sprouting up in Szczecin like daisies. Everyday I hear about a new one. There is public money. What seems to be lacking is the will to come to terms with the full history of the place and give it the proper veneration it deserves.

If  you would like to visit this place or the BOMBED NAZI FACTORY please contact me.

Szczecin_Mścięcino_Memorial This memorial stone says:

” Eternal memory to those tortured to death under slave labor in the years 1939 – 45 in Hitler’s disciplinary forced work camp in (the city of) Police.  Poles, Belgians, Czechs, French, Dutch, Lithuanians, Russians, Italians and Slovaks”.

Citizens of Szczecin, 1954

 

 

 

 

This article was originally published on the soon-to-be defunct blog, sz-n.com in April of 2013.

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Warm weather is here and if you want to know where to buy the best local fruit and vegetables it’s at Manhattan Market!
This market is open year round and offers everything you may (or may not) need at great prices!
Manhattan really comes to life during the warm months, though, because people come to buy local produce as well as fresh flowers and other seasonal items.
There are stalls set up in the back of the market where a “wild” flea market can often be found and all around the area people set out their stuff for you to look at and offer a price!
If you like to bargain and negotiate this place is for you!

ADDRESS: ul. Ks. Staszica 1
HOURS: Mon-Fri 7am – 6pm Sat 7am – 4pm

Looking for a Sunday Flea Market?   CLICK HERE

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“The three-headed statue had eyes and lips covered in gold”.

 

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Our city of Szczecin has a long and glorious history but few people know that Szczecin was a Pagan Mecca as far back as the ninth century. Before there was a castle, the elevated hill on the bank of the Odra river was the location of a glorious temple to the supreme pagan god, Triglav. Triglav, literally meaning three-headed, was a mini-pantheon of the supreme gods Perun (Thunder), Svarog (Fire) and Dazbog (Sun).

According to Ebo von Michelsberg, medieval biographer of Bishop Otto von Bamberg, there were three sacred hills in Szczecin, each with its own Triglav temple. The highest, located on today’s castle hill, was where the most important idol was found. The three-headed statue had eyes and lips covered in gold. The deity’s three heads were covered with a triple tiara from which hung a veil down to the gods’ mouth. The pagans of the Lusatian culture believed the veil covered the faces of the gods so that they could not see their sins.

In addition to the temple on the castle hill, there was another temple at the sight where the Church of St. Peter and Paul stands today. This temple’s significance was the Sacred Oak Tree growing there. The Lusatians would offer sacrifices of goats and roosters under the Sacred Oak to pacify Perun, the thunder god.

The third temple’s location is not precisely known today, although it is believed to have been east of the temple of the Sacred Oak. This temple was said to house the oracle of Triglav, in the form of a black horse.

When Bishop Otto von Bamburg was sent on a mission to christianize Szczecin by King Bolesław III Wrymouth in 1124, he destroyed and sacked all three temples. He beheaded the glorious idol, chopped down the Sacred Oak, and sold the oracle horse, telling the Lusatians it would be better used to pull a carriage than to make predictions. Next, Bishop Otto from Bamburg built three churches on top of the old temples, St. Otto, St. Peter and Paul and St. Wojciech. He then took the Idol of Triglav to Rome as a trophy to show the pope that he had succeeded in christianizing the Baltic Slavs.

Legend says that the Lusatians saved three precious Triglav idols, one from the Triglav temple at Wolin, the other two, perhaps from Szczecin. The first is believed to be buried underneath the largest monolith in Poland, called Trzygław, in Tychowo. The next one is believed to have been hidden in a massive hollowed out tree in the village of Trzygłów, near by Gryfice. The location of the third idol is unknown but legend says the person who finds all three idols will command an unbounded and limitless power.

Because pagan Slav cultures, such as the Lusatians were an illiterate people that passed their culture down through the oral tradition, very little is known about their culture and beliefs. We do know, however, that the cult of Triglav was a very important cult in Slavic Mythology. Throughout the realm where the Slavic gods were worshiped we can find many topographical features named after Triglav. The most famous being Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia and Troglav, the highest peak of Dinara in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

To see some of the beautiful artifacts discovered from this period, please click HERE.”Lost and Found”, is an award winning exhibition by the Pomeranian Antiquities Collection of Szczecin.

**2016 UPDATE! The exhibition is back after travelling around Poland! You can see it (at the museum on Staromłyńska 27) until the end of  2016! Free admission on Saturdays!

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This article was originally published on the soon-to-be defunct blog, sz-n.com in March of 2013.

 

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Plac Orla Bialego
“Elegant European Square”

This is a beautiful little square with some great restaurants and cafes, including my favorite restaurant in Szczecin, Trattoria Toscana . In the spring and summer, this is a great place to take advantage of the outdoor seating and enjoy the beautiful view of the Art Academy, the Music school, the Cathedral and of course the beautiful 18th century fountain in the middle of the square. This is a great place for a romantic date

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“New” Old Town
“Foodie Heaven”

If you are a foodie and are looking to satisfy your discerning palate I would recommend you go to the New Old Town. It’s name comes from the fact that it was almost completely bombed in WWII and has been lovingly restored in the shape of the old town, but with a modern flare. This place is full of restaurants and wine bars. Outdoor seating is available in spring and summer.

 

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Avenue of Fountains
“See and Be Seen”

The avenue of fountains was the place to be in the 80s and then it was forgotten for about 20 years. In the last 5 years or so the fountains have been refurbished and new cafes and restaurants have opened here.
I like to have a bite or a coffee and then walk straight down the Pope John Paul II avenue to the Kasprowicz Park. What a perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening!

 

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Boguslawa X Promenade
“Drinking and Having Fun”

If you like bar hopping this is the place for you! This is the perfect place if you want to have some drinks and socialize. Each bar along the promenade has its own unique flair and you will surely find one in which to sit down and have a bite too! Krowa has the best burgers in Szczecin!

 

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Odra River Promenade
“Perfect Place for a Stroll”

Like many other places in Szczecin the river bank along the Odra river has recently been refurbished. You can take a walk, or ride a bike, along the river, passing Wały Chrobrego and walk all the way to the train station. There are cafes and restaurants along the way. This is a great place for people watching!

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Jasne Błonia
“Szczecinianins in their Native Habitat”

This was supposed to be a list of 5 places but I couldn’t leave out Jasne Błonia, the lawn behind the City hall building. There is free wifi here and, weather permitting, tons of young people come here and sit on blankets with their laptops. There are a few ice cream shops and cafes near by. This is the ultimate people watching spot in Szczecin!

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Hi. Are you an English speaking foreigner in Szczecin?! Would you like some free food? Great! Then I would like to take you out to eat!
Just write me an email at gostettin@gmail.com and tell me the following:
1. your name and where you are from
2. what brings you to Szczecin and how long you will be here
3. either your top 3 places you want to go eat (in Szczecin, of course) -or- ” Spin the wheel, Kami !” (you let me choose)

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Flea Market, Swap Meet or junk yard. Call it what you want. I’m from California so it’s a swap meet. I love to look at old stuff, find a treasure in a heap of junk and then haggle with the seller to get a good deal. Over the years I have had many different collections from clocks to teapots and currently, vases. I used to travel to Germany to find a proper swap meet but after nearly three years of living in Szczecin I found out there’s a great one not too far from here.

Like most swap meets, you should show up early because the sellers begin to pack stuff up in the early afternoon. You can find sellers of all kinds. From people who set up their booths in a neat and organized way to others who float around their mountains of junk and you’re not sure what belongs to who. (That’s how I like it!)

The place itself is an old building called “the house factory” where they used to make the huge concrete slabs used to build “blocks” during the Soviet era. It’s on the right side of the river, about a 15 minute drive from the city center or 30 minutes by bus.

HOURS: Sunday 7am-3pm

ADDRESS: Szosa Stargardzka 20-22, Szczecin

COST:
If you are driving in it’s 5PLN per car
If you are walking in it’s 3PLN per person

Happy Hunting!

Looking for deals Mon – Fri?  CLICK HERE

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Szczecin’s restaurant scene is blooming with new places to eat opening all the time! The new trend that I see popping up is the Lunch Special. YAY! Here are my top 5 places to eat lunch!
Hopefully this will be updated with more places soon! If you would like to recommend a place that offers a great lunch please email me at gostettin@gmail.com or send me a message on FaceBook.

ATTENTION! DON’T FORGET TO GIVE YOUR SERVER A NICE TIP! 🙂

1. Spiżarnia Szczecinska 12 – 4pm
Spiżarnia is an excellent Polish restaurant that offers a different lunch everyday. They cook with local and seasonal ingredients and the portions are generous.
15 PLN gets you a soup of the day plus a main. You can check their FACEBOOK PAGE for their daily offer.

Szczecin_Spizarnia_Lunch_M2. Chief  (Fish)  11am – 4pm (Delivery Available!)
Chief is one of the most well-known restaurants in Szczecin. In my opinion the regular menu is over-priced and overrated but their LUNCH MENU is one of Szczecin’s best kept secrets!
I recommend the fish dishes but there are also plenty of meat dishes and soups on offer and most items are under 20 PLN!

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3. 5 Smaków (Vegetarian) Mon-Fri 12 – 7pm, Sat-Sun 12 – 6pm (Delivery Available!)
5 Smaków is a great vegetarian restaurant that tries hard to offer something different everyday.
You can check their FACEBOOK PAGE for their daily offer which includes a big bowl of soup, main and a side of salads for 20 PLN.

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4. Stolnica i Walek 12 – 6pm
This place has a cozy atmosphere that makes you  feel right at home. I come here a couple of times a week and have never been disappointed. 12PLN gets you the “Lunch of the day” which includes soup, meat and potatoes and a side of veggies. This place serves classic Polish food and its always fresh and good! Check their FACEBOOK PAGE for their daily offer.

Szczecin_Stolnica_Walek_Lunch5. Amar Vege Club (VEGAN!) Mon-Fri 1 – 6pm (Delivery Available!)
Vegan food is not for everyone but this place is always full of people so don’t knock it till you try it! This place is aptly called a club because you can’t really choose what your’e going to eat. Everyday they prepare a different gluten-free soup and main dish and there are a lot of baked goods and desserts to choose from. You can get a small soup and main for 14 PLN or the large (HUGE!) for 23 PLN.
Check their FACEBOOK PAGE for their daily offer!

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6. Stara Komenda 1 – 4pm
I haven’t tried the lunch at Stara Komenda yet because I don’t go to that area very often. I have eaten dinner there before, though, and enjoyed the food. I’ve heard the lunch is great! I will go there soon and report back, but you can check their FACEBOOK PAGE for their daily special which includes a soup of the day and a choice of two mains for 15 PLN!

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7.  Kathmandu (Indian Food) Mon – Fri 1 – 4pm
I almost forgot about Kathmandu! Everyday they have a meat special for 25 PLN and a vegetarian dish for 19 PLN each includes a bowl of soup and a main with a choice of rice or naan. MORE INFO HERE

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Hi. Are you an English speaking foreigner in Szczecin?! Would you like some free food? Great! Then I would like to take you out to eat!
Just write me an email at gostettin@gmail.com and tell me the following:
1. your name and where you are from
2. what brings you to Szczecin and how long you will be here
3. either your top 3 places you want to go eat (in Szczecin, of course) -or- You can let me choose! ?

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